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  • My Work Here is Done

    Fri 11:19pm By Gary Allen
    After following Apple retail for 14 years, I’ve reached a happy ending, and am gracefully backing away from the crazy world of following the company and its stores. No more stories or analysis, or flying out to far-flung locations to join overnight…
  • Live Above An Apple Store—For a Price

    Mar 14, 2015, 5:26 am By Gary Allen
    For the most-avid Apple store enthusiast, a most-extraordinary opportunity has arisen to purchase an apartment inside an Apple store building. No more driving—or even walking—to your Genius Bar appointment or to pick up an accessory. Just take a short…
  • More Streams of People To Fill The Retail Stores

    Mar 11, 2015, 3:47 am By Gary Allen
    Although Apple’s Monday special event was intended to formally present Apple Watch, it seemed to be more about the company’s retail stores, which will bear the brunt of additional inventory, sales and traffic handling tasks to get the product out to…
  • Latest Store Opening Generates Apple Enthusiasm

    Mar 3, 2015, 1:50 am By Gary Allen
    This video of the Zhongjie Joy City (Shenyang, China) Apple store grand opening on February 28th demonstrates the broad extent of the enthusiasm for Apple’s retail stores, and how it transcends cultures and international boundaries.
  • Neighbors Organize Protest Over Future Apple Store

    Feb 23, 2015, 5:26 pm By Gary Allen
    Despite the Apple stores’ award-winning architecture, their revenue generation and employment opportunities, a group of Manhattan (NYC) residents is circulating a petition to block the opening of the future Upper East Side Apple store, calling it “the…
  • Last Mini-Store Moves to Full-Size Space

    Feb 14, 2015, 10:05 pm By Gary Allen
    In typical Apple fashion, customer service trumped the scheduled 10 p.m. closing time of the Oakridge (N. Calif.) retail store last night, the last of nine mini-stores that debuted in 2004 and introduced the now-familiar stainless steel interior design. All…
  • Historic Genius Bar Logos Are Being Removed

    Feb 11, 2015, 7:34 am By Gary Allen
    An original and significant element of Apple’s retail stores is disappearing. Over the past month workers have been removing the “atom” symbol that has pinpointed the Genius Bars since the first store opened in 2001, and they are replacing it with…
  • Apple Expanding Green Energy To More Stores

    Feb 10, 2015, 10:56 pm By Gary Allen
    Apple announced today that it’s signed an $848 million contract to purchase solar electricity that will convert all 52 of its California stores, its headquarters and a data center to green power by the end of 2016. Speaking at a San Francisco financial…
  • Store Employees Indicted, Gift Card Fraud Ring

    Feb 5, 2015, 10:59 pm By Gary Allen
    The Manhattan (NYC) district attorney announced indictments today against four former Apple retail store employees and a dental office receptionist, accusing them of defrauding Barclays Bank of of $700,000 through fraudulently-obtained Apple gift cards. The…
  • Apple Posts One Last Look At Retail Financials

    Feb 4, 2015, 5:48 am By Gary Allen
    In the wake of Apple’s unexplained decision to no longer separately report retail store financial results, the company has posted a final, tantalizing summary of how the stores have performed by geography over the past three years, showing Japan…
  • Retail Veteran Is Leaving, Big Changes Coming

    Feb 2, 2015, 11:56 pm By Gary Allen
    Prompted by future career possibilities, and encouraged by the value of his Apple stock, Apple’s veteran vice president of retail real estate and development Bob Bridger is leaving the company at the end of March. Insiders say his departure is also likely…
  • China Retail Store Expansion At Full Steam

    Jan 27, 2015, 9:40 pm By Gary Allen
    After four years of promises to increase the number of retail stores in China, Apple has turned serious, announcing today that there will be 40 stores open in the country by mid-2016, an unprecedented level of expansion in any of the countries where Apple has…
  • Apple Offered Ahrendts Strong Incentives To Join

    Jan 23, 2015, 10:08 pm By Gary Allen
    A new financial filing shows that Apple made extraordinary financial offers to Sr. VP Angela Ahrendts last year, hoping she would quit her job at Burberry, move back to the United States and take control of the company’s most visible operations, the…
  • Ahrendts Confirms China Openings, Staffing

    Jan 16, 2015, 1:12 am By Gary Allen
    Apple will be opening four China retail stores in rapid succession over the next five weeks, according to the company’s Sr. vice-president for retail, including the West Lake (Hangzhou) store that is now covered with an expansive poem created by a noted…
  • New Window Display Creates An iPad Mystery

    Jan 10, 2015, 7:31 pm By Gary Allen
    A new display window appeared first at the Regent Street (London) Apple store shows a simple line-up of iPads set on a thin white counter. What makes the display so mesmerizing for passersby is how the Smart Covers open and close, all without any visible…
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